Analysis by reduction is a method used in linguistics for checking the correctness of sentences of natural languages.
This method is modelled by restarting automata. Here we study a new type of restarting automaton, the so-called t-sRL-automaton, which is an RL-automaton that is rather restricted in that it has a window of size 1 only, and that it works under a minimal acceptance condition.
On the other hand, it is allowed to perform up to t rewrite (that is, delete) steps per cycle.
We focus on the descriptional complexity of these automata, establishing two complexity measures that are both based on the description of t-sRL-automata in terms of so-called meta-instructions. We present some hierarchy results as well as a non-recursive trade-off between deterministic
2-sRL-automata and finite-state acceptors.